Stand-Down with OSHA
It’s time again for the National Safety Stand-Down to Prevent Falls in Construction, brought to us by OSHA and many of their partners.
Last year, OSHA reached over 1 million construction workers with their awareness efforts and safety training, in the hopes of preventing future injuries and deaths due to falls on construction sites. In the most recent year for statistics, 279 of the total 806 construction deaths were caused by falls (from 2012), all of which were preventable. Falls continue to be the leading cause of death on construction sites across the country, and in 2014, fall prevention safety standards were listed among the top ten most frequently cited OSHA standards.
This year, OSHA is hoping to reach a much larger crowd with over 20,000 events. They are aiming to reach over 3 million construction workers, which would reach an average of 4 out of every 10 workers in the United States.
If you are interested in having your team or crew participate in a Stand Down event, you can find more information directly from OSHA on how to host an event, have an FAQ session, and more. Last year, all types of organizations and groups participated, including a variety of construction companies, the military, trade associations, worker interest organizations, and even equipment manufacturers.
In an effort to widen the span of information this year, OSHA is partnering with the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, the National Occupational Research Agenda, State consultation programs and plans, the Center for Construction Research and Training, the American Society of Safety Engineers, the National Safety Council, the National Construction Safety Executives, the U.S. Air Force, and the OSHA Training Institute Education Centers.
Did you participate in one of the Stand Down events last year? If so, we’d love to hear about it! If you have lost a loved one due to a construction fall, our sympathies are with you, and we want you to know that we are here to support you during your recovery. Give our construction injury and workers’ compensation attorneys a call at (888) 204-8440 for more information.